How To Change Your Air Filter

The heating and cooling system is very beneficial for any family. It allows a homeowner to experience a desired temperature even when the external environment is the complete opposite. But with these benefits comes possible drawbacks. Dust and other particles can be brought into your residence through your HVAC.

A filter, however, addresses this problem as it captures particles that would have otherwise entered your home. A variety of filters are available in the market, and depending on your preference, there are ones that can trap a wider array of particles. Nonetheless, with whatever filter of your choice one thing is for certain, it has an expiration date. Nothing lasts forever as they say, and time will come when your filters have had enough.

Do All Filters Have To Be Changed?

Do all air filters need replacing, however? The answer is no. If you find it a impractical always having to purchase new ones every few weeks to months, then you can have the option to get permanent filters. These are available in the market and it will save you so much money in the long run, but it will cost you more at the start.

Yes, I know what you might be saying, “I thought you said all filters have expiration dates?” My answer to that question is yes they do. With permanent versions you may not have to get replacements unlike their temporary counterparts, but in a sense they still do have an expiration date. Time will come too when they have had enough and you will now need to wash them. Ideally, you should do this once every month.

Steps in Washing:

  • Get the filter out
  • Rinse it in a tub of water.
  • Gently brush the filter with the use of a mild detergent.
  • Shake the water off. There is no need to completely dry the filter as the air from the HVAC will do that for you.
  • Put the filter back into place

Remember, neglecting the cleaning process can limit the airflow from your heating and cooling systems, bringing in more problems for you. Make sure you clean it out as suggested, or when the need arises.

Temporary Filters

Now for those of you who find cleaning too much of a hassle, and you have got a lot of cash to spare then go with temporary filters. When you need to change your filters will depend upon the factors present at your residence.

For vacation homes that are seldomly occupied, or homes with a single occupant only you can replace the filters every 6 to 12 months. An ordinary residence where it is occupied for most of the year and without pets, it’s advised to get new filters every 90 days. A single pet in the area would shorten that to 60 days, whereas multiple number of pets would put that figure at 20-45 days.

Steps to Replacing The Air Filter

  • Your new filter should already be on hand. Have it ready with you and make sure it is of the same MERV rating and size of that of your past filter. Placing a filter with an excessively high rating could lead to early wear and tear, and damage to your heating and cooling system.
  • Cautiously remove the old filter with dropping as little dust as possible.
  • Wipe the area where the filter was located with a piece of cloth or tissue.
  • Time to put in the new filter. Take note of the arrows that will dictate the proper position and placing of the filter.

Air filter cleaning and replacement are a necessary annoyance to a healthy HVAC system and a healthy home for your loved ones. For more information on how to change your air filter, call Builders Heating & Cooling at (708) 375-5228.